Boardman jumped out to an early lead and after three innings of play the 12-year-old all-star Spartans were ahead 102, but the Austintown all stars wouldn't go down without a valiant fight. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the young Falcons rallied with a three-run triple, followed by a pair of doubles that tied the game at 10. An RBI single put Austintown ahead and the frame would end with the Falcons ahead, 11-10.
The Spartans took the field in the top of the sixth and lead-off batter Luke Cardillo lambasted a home run ball well over the 200 foot sign in right field to knot the game at 11. Michael Cunningham hit a triple into left center and was driven home when a ball hit to center field was misplayed allowing Cunningham to score the go-ahead run.
Boardman's Jarod Wilson, who had been brought in at the bottom of the fifth as a relief pitcher, went back on the mound in the bottom of the sixth and shut down the Austintown All-Stars to secure Boardman's 12-year-olds a second consecutive District championship.
Photo special to the Town Crier
The 12-year-old Boardman All Stars hold their second consecutive District 2 Little League championship banner. Players in front are Dominic Stilliana, Michael Melewski, Dante Beato, Michael Cunningham, Evan Knaus and Bryan Kordupel. In the middle row are coach Tony Stilliana, Jarod Wilson, Sean Buck, Noah Falleti, Dominic Pecchia, Luciano Cardillo and Bobby Toth. In back are coach Jeff Wilson, coach Joe Cunningham and manager Ted Melewski.
The team heads to Hamilton for the State Little League tournament on July 21, which they won undefeated last year. Little League play for 12-year-olds continues after the state tournament with the winners representing Ohio in the regional playoffs in Indianapolis, Aug. 2 to 11. Their season culminates with the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., being held Aug. 16 to 26.